Collaborative Projects

Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis Is Now Online

By Miranda Rectenwald on October 11, 2017

http://library.wustl.edu/map-lgbtq-stl   Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis is a digital interactive map exploring how the region’s lesbian, gay, bisexual,transgender, and queer communities have changed over time, from the end of World War II in 1945 through the passage of St. Louis city’s first gay an...

Follow Mapping LGBTQ StL on Twitter

By Miranda Rectenwald on October 6, 2017

Now you can get more updates and a behind the scene look at Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis on our twitter feed: https://twitter.com/MappingLGBTQstl  

Save the Date! Launch Party

By Miranda Rectenwald on August 24, 2017

Mark your calendar for October 11, 2017, 7:00 pm and join us at the Missouri History Museum for the official Launch Party for Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis. Since May 2016 work has been underway to document over 750 locations that are part of LGBTQ history in the St. Louis region.   Many people have co...

Letter to ONE, from St. Louis

By Miranda Rectenwald on June 16, 2017

In 1958, a St. Louis resident who identified himself as “Mr. H” wrote to the editors of ONE, the first LGBTQ magazine ever published in the United States. Below is the text of his letter: Dear Don Slater: I am writing you to tell of the good that I am getting out of ONE. I […]

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Where was that? : Using travel guides to reconstruct LGBTQ history

By Miranda Rectenwald on May 26, 2017

A key challenge as we researched Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis was locating street addresses.  Since many bars and restaurants were well known to locals, our researchers often found only vague references to places, such as “PK’s across the river” or “Betty’s on the south side.”  Few people now, let alo...

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A Research Experience

By Wendy Lu (WU Class of 2018) on April 26, 2017

by Wendy Lu (WU Class 2018) As a research assistant on the Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis Project, I have been conducting archival research in the Special Collections Department here on Washington University’s campus. I’ve been going through several boxes from the ACLU of Eastern Missouri and researchin...

Fast-forwarding through history: reflections from a researcher

By Kristi Hagen (WU Class of 2018) on April 14, 2017

by Kristi Hagen (WU Class of 2018) I joined the Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis Project in the fall of 2016, kicking off my work with a tour of the Central West End with Ian Darnell. I’m currently a junior majoring in anthropology, and minoring in history. I had taken Queer Histories with Professor Fried...

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AIDS in the Metro-East Area: The Politics of Treatment, Care, and Housing

By Miranda Rectenwald on February 3, 2017

A reflection by Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis research assistant, Karisa Tavassoli (WU Class of 2016): While researching this summer at the Belleville Illinois Public Library I came across an assortment of newspaper clippings filed under the heading “Bellev. AIDS Home Hospice,” which offers...

Unusual Sources

By Miranda Rectenwald on December 5, 2016

Recently the national podcast  Criminal  visited the WU library.  This audio documentary program was researching The Evening Whirl — one of the archival sources being consulted in Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis.   The Evening Whirl is an unique St. Louis newspaper (still in publication) publishing...

A Snapshot of St. Louis in the Era of Gay Lib

By Ian Darnell, PhD candidate University of Illinois at Chicago & graduate researcher for Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis on November 2, 2016

A Snapshot of St. Louis in the Era of Gay Lib: Ciao! Magazine Profiles the Gateway City In June 1974, Ciao!, a pioneering gay travel magazine, published an article on St. Louis. The piece and accompanying photographs offer a fascinating snapshot of the Gateway City in the era of gay liberation. &...